David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Double H Farms: family, friends and improving the operation
“It was really nice for Dad because he had no idea someone with his last name would come back home to farm,” says Steven. “He got to follow Kyle’s progress for four years before passing. Dad was very proud of that." -- Steven Harriman.
Hands-on ‘Soybean College’ set for Aug. 18 in Newport, Ark.
“Sign-up will be limited to the first 200. The main reason is there will be breakout groups and we want to keep them small. That’ll facilitate learning and interaction." -- Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean specialist.
Dicamba drift incidents have ripple effect
The dicamba drift “is an absolute shame. There’s blame to pass around to many facets of agriculture." -- Bob Scott, Arkansas Extension weed specialist.
Improper dicamba use leaves Mid-South a multitude of drift cases
“This is a huge issue and is really unprecedented. The situation with drift in the Bootheel is unlike anything I’ve seen before." -- Kevin Bradley, University of Missouri weed specialist.
House passes GMO-labeling bill 306 to 117
To identify GMO ingredients, food manufacturers will be able to use labeling text, specially-designed symbols or a QR code that can be scanned with a Smartphone.
How will new FAA rules affect agricultural use of drones?
Drone operators are "also responsible for knowing the laws of the state, not just the federal laws. That may mean photographing other people’s land is prohibited, there may be restrictions on all kinds of things. Depending on the state, there may be two or three drone-related laws that have been passed." -- Rusty Rumley, senior staff attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas.
Loyant rice herbicide showcases set for July 18, 19
On July 18, the first showcase will be held at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser, Ark. On July 19, the showcase will shift south to the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart, Ark.
Senate passes GMO labeling law
"The Senate bill, by providing alternative methods for companies, doesn’t accomplish all the goals the labeling proponents would like. Proponents want the GM information to be right in front of consumers.” -- Ross Pifer, Clinical Professor of Law at Penn State Law.
USDA catfish inspections to be scuttled?
While House Republican leadership has yet to announce if it will allow a vote on the matter, plenty of lawmakers want to take out the fledgling USDA catfish inspection program.
David Sites: ‘Retro’ cotton farming with new technology
“Somehow we have to make cotton more enticing to growers. It’s true cotton is a harder crop to grow and carries a lot more risk than, say, soybeans. But in my mind, cotton is more rewarding." -- David Sites.
Will markets frown on surprisingly robust U.S. corn acreage?
“Corn planted area for all purposes in 2016 is estimated at 94.1 million acres, up 7 percent from (2015). This represents the third highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944." -- NASS June acreage report.
Fighting pigweeds with the proper products: a short primer
Pigweed has added PPO herbicide products to the list of chemistries it no longer fears. Farmers must understand how best to attack the weed.
Delayed Mid-South wheat harvest cranks up
Moving into harvest, the Mid-South wheat crop is shy of historic acreage and high on yield variability.
Resistant pigweeds continue to bedevil producers
Perry Galloway sees soybean yield contest field overrun with PPO-resistant pigweeds. Arkansas yield leader cautions fellow growers.
Agriculture gets into the ‘sharing’ act with MachineryLink
Hosting a website for those looking to share equipment, MachineryLink is bringing farmers from across the country together.
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